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The Privilege of Youth (Dave Pelzer #4)

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The #1 New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author who is a shining example of what overcoming adversity really means now shares the final stage of his uplifting journey that has touched the lives of millions.

From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triump...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by Dutton Adult (first published 2004)
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Trisno
Dave Pelzer yang merupakan pemeran utama sekaligus pengarang buku ini, menceritakan sendiri bagaimana perjalan hidupnya untuk diterima dilingkungan-lingkungan barunya.

Ya, dia seorang anak asuh yang harus pindah dari satu rumah ke rumah lain. Bagaimana dia mempertahankan diri untuk tidak terikat ke satu keluarga dan berusaha menyesuaikan diri di lingkungan barunya adalah topik utama dalam ceritanya ini.

Pesan-pesan atau petuah yang disampaikan oleh orang-orang yang lambat laun menerima Dave di se...more
Kelsey D
The author Dave Pelzer went through a tough childhood with his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother abusing him. Later it was found out to be one of the worst cases of child abuse in the state of California. But this book was mostly about him growing up in out of foster homes and trying to fit in like a normal high school student. Some people would say he lived a truly extraordinary life and now sharing his inspirational stories with the world in his books like The Privlage Youth.

Throughout the b...more
Courtney M.
David Pelzer has experienced a truly extraordinary life. He nearly died several times by the hands of his mentally disturbed alcoholic mother.Years later, it was found that his case of child abuse was one of the most gruesome and extreme case that has ever taken place in California. This book, The Privilege of Youth , was not about his abusive childhood years, but about him trying to relive the years he lost while trying to become an adult.

I gave this book a rating of three stars. In some parts...more
Michelle
May 13, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone that is looking to learn about abuse and how to handle it. I would the other 3 in his series.
I am currently reading The Privilage Of Youth by Dave Pelzer.

The Privilage Of Youth
Dave Pelzer
Memoir
230 pages

From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer's inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; bu...more
Kathy Hiester
This book is a great encouraging story about a young man who triumphs ove life difficulties. This book will provide you with the feeling that all things are possible and that no matter what is going on in your life, someone else has it tougher, and someone else has survived worse. In this case it is Dave who has survived worst things than most people. It inspires you because he talks about his struggles and that no matter how hard life gets for him, he will be successful. He truly proves that if...more
Mrs Johnnie Tate
Jan 12, 2012 Mrs Johnnie Tate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Every Young Adult and Adult
Started this book without reading the preceeding ones. Paused one page in and considered if this book would be to difficult or arouse to many memories within myself. Taking a deep breath I read on - and oh so glad I did!
Pelzer was able to communicate the difficult aquardness of teenage-hood, the desparation to be accepted. Once finished the book I cheered that he'd manage to find in his teens what took me well into my 30's to establish.
Is he a pulizer prize author? I think not. He IS an autho...more
Christina
The book is educational to those in the educational and social work field, its helps a teacher or social worker to understand how a youth may act on order to get acceptance from his peers. It also helps from the standpoint of how a child feels when being bullied at school.
I find all of Dave Pelzer's book to be inspirational. This child endured so much more than any child should ever have to and then instead of breaking, had made such an impact on many people around the world. Dave Pelzer is def...more
Angie
If you have read any of Dave Pelzers books, you will want to read them all. You will feel attached to him immediately and have to know what became of him. This book answers more questions. Read the books in order.
Love
Loved this book...I have read all Dave Pelzers books and liked them all. Thought it was nice to see so many follow ups with A Child Called IT. To see the effects on a life from that kind of abuse.
Jamie Brooks
I feel that I now know everything there is to know about Dave Pelzer's life. I have read every book he has ever written and I find all of them equally as fascinating.
Jennifer
If you've read "A Child Called 'It'", "The Lost Boy", and "A Man Named Dave" but you have yet to read this one I encourage you to do so.
Heidi
Shocking and confronting as are all his books. However, you can't help but feel happy after reading it.
Lisa Stanzyk
we get to know him as a teenager and of all the stuff that happened to him them
Chy
This is Pelzer’s memoir of life in the neighborhood where he spent his teenage years. There are the usual antics he and his friends get into and there are some great people to get to know in the land of adults.

What sets this apart is Pelzer’s position as a foster kid, coming out of a series of foster homes after being taken from his abusive mother. It’s great because he’s so normal for a teenage kid. Or, at least, he wants to be. Nobody’s actually “normal.”

At the beginning and in every bit of...more
Dani Sakach
The non-fiction novel, "The Privilege of Youth :A Teenager's Story" by Dave Pelezer was definitely written to inform and to entertain. He is telling the story of his childhood abuse and neglect, then talking about how it effects his still to this day. He often times refers back to his childhood through the story. He has written four books on the sugject of his abuse now, and certainly knows how to cut derectly to the core. In his books, he talks about not only overcoming the obsticles of his pas...more
Rose - ISB
If you have read "A Child Called It" which is mostly about Dave being abused by his biological mother when he was at a young age, this book is a continuation of his story of him in his teenage years going through things a teenager would normally go through. For example bullying, looking for acceptance, having relationships with the opposite sex, making money, college, goofing off with friends, etc. In this book, Dave also talks about his experience of finally finding a place where he truly felt...more
Kei-isb
The Privilege of Youth is an inspiring book about a boy named Dave. He was abused from his own mother when he was young. He thought that he had no love, friends or even a family. However, he could escape from pain and his mother by being a foster kid. Then, he entered middle school and he thought it's going to be delighted school life. However cruel bullying from his class mates awaited Dave. Nevertheless he never gave up and kept up. When he became a high school student, he could have best frie...more
Julia Shoop
After reading A Child Called It along with The Lost Boy, I was eager to read David Pelzer's next addition to his series of a trouble youth. Pelzer grew up in a harsh family with an extremely abusive mother. If anyone has read his first autobiography on these incidents they have seen horror stories only expected in movies. As a child he was forced to do things such as eat the excrement in his baby brother's diaper, drink ammonia, and spend endless cold nights on a cot in the garage. His mother co...more
Louise
More than six million readers can attest to the heartbreak and courage of Dave Pelzer's story of growing up in an abusive home. From 'A Child Called It' to "The Lost Boy", from "A Man Named Dave" to "Help Yourself", his inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune.

Now this former lost boy who defeated insurmountable odds to emerge whole and happy at last takes us on his incredible odyssey toward healing and forgiveness. In 'The Privilege of Youth', Pelzer...more
Aimee O'Donnell
The novel I chose for this quarter is, "The Privilege of Youth", by Dave Pelzer. This is based off of a true story and an experience that Dave went through as a young child. The purpose of this story was to inform the readers about his horrific childhood, and what it was like to be beaten so young and horribly by his own mother. Not only does he tell the story from his past childhood, but he also explains where he ended up after he was saved and where he is now. Dave wanted to let everyone know...more
Michelle Wong
Have you ever faced hunger when there is food in the refrigerator? Loneliness when you even have a family? Or even homeless when you do have a home? Well Dave Pelzer had faced through that horrible, unpleasant moments every single day he woke up in the garage with the newspaper twisted in his body because he did not have a blanket. Because his dramatic and diavolic mother considered Dave no longer as a son, but as an slave, an object, an nothing. Dave had lived in a large amount foster care home...more
Imani Vellon
Dave Pelzer writes as a man about his experiences in Foster care, and about the struggles he had to face while growing up in his shoes. The purpose of the book was no secret. He wants to change the world and as an adult he is doing everything in his power to make sure child abuse stops. The way the book is formatted wasn't the best with the topic being so mature. I expected the word choice to be more advanced. The sentences are short and clear there is not much of an underlying theme or a story...more
Maya
The book " The privilege of Youth" was a very sad story. Especially because it is based on a true story. I chose this book because I have read his other books " A child called it" and " A man named Dave." It is very sad how a mother can treat her son so wrong. Parents that treat there children that way shouls not have become a parent. In this book "Dave" is a teenager. The plot is about a teenager named Dve who is a fodter child. He moves a lot from foster home to foster home and doesnt really h...more
Cristina
Mar 09, 2008 Cristina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was not as good as his other three books, but still it gave such a great inspirational message. This is what other authors have said about this book;
"A monumental series of books about courage and triumph. Pelzer demonstrates, as few have, that it is in the darkest skies that the stars are best seen." -Richard Paul Evans
"A living example that all of us have the capability to better ouselves no matter what the odds. Dave Pelzer inspires us all." -Jack Canfield
"Dave Pelzer is a living te...more
Kapria
For starters I wasn't really a fan of this book. Dave is the main character of this story that he tells and basically he describes what life was like as he gets into his adolescence stage. It was really slow in the beginning, but it picked up a little in the middle. His story is sad I will say that, but his story was a story I couldn't relate to. I prefer stories that have action and a little drama. The only interesting part was when he talked about his childhood. He does tell a good job describ...more
Heather Palmer
From A Child Called "It" to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer’s inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships w...more
Annie
From A Child Called “It” to The Lost Boy, from A Man Named Dave to Help Yourself, Dave Pelzer’s inspirational books have helped countless others triumph over hardship and misfortune. In The Privilege of Youth, he shares the missing chapter of his life: as a boy on the threshold of adulthood. With sensitivity and insight, he recounts the relentless taunting he endured from bullies; but he also describes the thrill of making his first real friends—some of whom he still shares close relationships w...more
Robert B. Miller
Read by Jodine, Spring 2006:
"I'm reading The Privilege of Youth, A Teenager's Story by Dave Pelzer, author of A Child Called It, which we read in Diversity & Inclusion with Tonja Washington last semester. It's the follow up book after Lost Boy. Now Dave is in junior high and high school. He is still bouncing around among different foster homes, but when one family moves into a more upscale neighborhood, he finally makes friends with two boys on the block who make him feel like he belongs. Th...more
Shelley
This is the second time I've read this book, not because I loved it or even liked it, it was because the first time I didn't read the first two books. My daughter bought home the first two books to read & of course, I read them and thought I'm sure the third book would make that more sense, so I reread it. So now that I've read it, I can say that there wasn't any need for Davd Pelzer to really write this book, it was basically all said in his other books. I'm not sure if I want to continue o...more
Edwina Hall Callan
I really enjoyed this fill-in book that he wrote to bridge the gap between "The Lost Boy" and
"A Man Named Dave". It was heart warming to see him finally get some friends and Father figures and yet heart breaking at the same time to read about the bullying and how some people looked down on him and judged him for being "A Foster Kid" without knowing or caring about the back story.
It also made me wonder how in the world he survived all of those crazy stunts he pulled without serious bodily harm....more
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An author best known for his 1995 memoir of childhood abuse, A Child Called It.

At the age of 12, Dave was removed from an abusive home and placed in a series of foster homes. In 1979, he joined the Air Force and later became an author of memoirs and self-improvement books.


More about Dave Pelzer...
A Child Called "It" The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness My Story Help Yourself

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